South African strike ends

By Chris Sleight16 July 2009

The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is one of the World Cup venues threatened with strike action.

The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is one of the World Cup venues threatened with strike action.

Construction workers in South Africa voted yesterday to end their week-long strike over pay. They returned to work today after accepting a +12% pay rise.

The deal was worked out between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) following a week of intense negotiations. The NUM had been demanding a +13% rise, while employers had said their maximum offer was +10%.

A reported 70000 construction workers went on strike over the last week.
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